Sources tell TVNewser CNN anchor Rick Sanchez got in some hot water last week after a segment on his midday show looked into the Alaskan Independence Party. The segment discussed Todd Palin's seven-year membership in the group. It turns out not only was the McCain campaign peeved, but sources tell us Sanchez and his EP got a talking-to from the bosses, too.1. I don't understand how a journalist can be reprimanded for doing a legitimate investigative report that pertains to a national election. Why would he be taken to task for it by his supervisors? How is that excusable? How is it in their interest to suppress such a segment?
Well, yesterday Sanchez and his producers had scheduled an interview with the McCain campaign's Maryland chairman, Daniel Zubairi. At a McCain rally this weekend, Zubairi, who is Muslim, was trying to calm other Muslim voters after they'd been confronted by a McCain supporter who was telling rally-goers about Barack Obama's "Islamic background."
The exchange was caught on tape by Davin Hutchins, a producer from the American News Project
Zubairi had been scheduled to appear on Sanchez's show Monday to discuss what happened at the rally. Sanchez tells HuffPo's Sam Stein the campaign pulled Zubairi at the last minute.
"Wouldn't you think they would have wanted him to come on?" Sanchez asks. "What the guy did was courageous. I called him heroic. I'm mystified why they wouldn't embrace him for his actions."
Video of Zubairi and others confronting anti-Muslim McCain supporters:
2. Why would the punishment be to pull a guest that would have brought the McCain campaign good press? What benefit is this to McCain? It seems suspicious to me. Wouldn't they want to laud their efforts to silence the crazier supporters? And if not, why not? To me, it seems indicative of a desire to a) avoid losing the fringe nuts and b) allow them to continue their slander, which is abhorrent.